JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
The JW Marriott is known internationally for its luxury brand, and El Convento Cusco just might be one of the most impressive properties in the portfolio. If you’re visiting Cuzco it’s probably because you’re visiting Machu Picchu, too; but the archeology lesson begins almost the minute you stop through the brick arches of this stunning hotel –it was painstakingly rebuilt by hand to the tune of $56 million from what remained of a 16th-century Augustinian convent, which in turn was built on Incan and pre-Incan ruins. Guests can wander downstairs by themselves through two exhibition rooms of artifacts that were excavated, or join a free guided tour each evening at 6 p.m. Rooms are decorated individually, featuring sleek, dark polished-wood furnishings and accents offset by the light-colored Peruvian travertine bathrooms and tabletops, A handful have small balconies with views, while some on the lower floor look onto one of the many remaining Incan walls that thread through the city. You can request to have oxygenated air piped into your room to help combat the discomfort many feel at 11,000-plus feet elevation (there’s even an EMT on-site just in case). The hotel’s Qespi Restaurant is considered one of the best in the city, sourcing local ingredients for exquisite interpretations of Andean cuisine.
By Deb Hopewell, AFAR Contributor
Esquina de la Calle Ruinas 432 y San Agustin, Cusco 08000, Peru
+51 84 582200